Julie Myerson Summary The Story of You

REVIEW The Story of You

This book begins with snow the story of you It is a freezing room in a student house a sagging mattress on the floor and two people one nineteen the other twenty kissing passionately all night It is to this scene that twenty years later Rosy the narrator of Julie Myerson's astonishing new novel returns obsessively She has just lost a child in a terrible careless accident and Tom her partner has taken. This was a really fascinating book I m not actually sure I enjoyed reading it but the writing was so powerful and at times raw that I felt it had to have five stars The story centres around one woman s grief I won t spoil the plot and how she essentially has a mental breakdown I like the ambiguity of it all I still wasn t sure at the end whether or not she was going slightly mad or experiencing something supernatural As a parent certain scenes in this book were agonising to read and it s testament to Myerson s literary ability that she made those scenes so powerful I did actually cry a little bit at one part which is highly unusual for me Only one weak area the you character without giving too much away was a bit irritating towards the end Too many I love you baby s for my liking But that s only a small nit picky point Don t expect an easy ride when reading this book it s painful nostalgic and at times oddly drifting But it certainly is worth reading as it s moving thought provoking stuff

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The Story of You

Her to Paris to forget about things to start again It has snowed in the night and waking at dawn Rosy decides to go for a walk At the hotel desk there's a note for her 'I'm waiting for you X' And he is sitting in the corner of a cafe as she enters almost at random They talk He touches her She turns away and when she looks again he is gone Was he there Had she dreamed him And why when he e mails her. This is a beautiful haunting work of fiction and one of the best studies of obsessive memory I have read It captures the persistence of memory in all its complexity and irrationalityIt is both consummately conceived and completely resolved I almost dare not read Myerson s others

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Out of the blue two days later does he write as though they haven't met for twenty years The Story of You is an account of a woman trying to get by as a mother a wife while falling in love with a man from a memory As always Julie Myerson maps the vagaries of the human heart with extraordinary empathy and precision while at the same time keeping the reader in breathless suspense and on the edge of tea. From the opening line I was entranced by this book It evoked powerful feelings of a long ago love that never really came to fruition all tangled up with current feelings of loss over a different kind of love that between mother and childIts hard to find words for how this book affected me I found it difficult to pick up another book following this one for in it I feel Julie Myerson reached deep into the soul of her central character RosyNic providing a complex portrait with so many layers and texturesOne of the very interesting aspects it explores is of how loss of a child can affect a couple in such a way that they are pushed apart both struggling in their own personal ways with a huge grief In reconnecting with you Rosy is able to find and express parts of herself she cannot seem to in her relationship with her husband and yet in the end that relationship brings her back in touch with her love for her husbandI highly recommend this book


10 thoughts on “The Story of You

  1. says:

    This was a really fascinating book I'm not actually sure I enjoyed reading it but the writing was so powerful and at times raw that I felt it had to have five stars The story centres around one woman's grief I won't spoil t

  2. says:

    Myerson’s prose is almost poetic and I found myself entranced from the very first paragraph The story is beautifully written as Myerson weaves together memories of an encounter many years ago with the story of todayRosy the central character and the voice of the novel is battling to keep her family life on track followi

  3. says:

    Rating and review to come laterThe story of lovers Rosy and 'You' who separated by years and tragedy meet again o

  4. says:

    This was not my kind of book really It started off promisingly written in the second person 'you' which caught my attention as it's such an unusual way to write As the story went on though this began to grate and the writing felt a little too

  5. says:

    This is a beautiful haunting work of fiction and one of the best studies of obsessive memory I have read It captures the persistenc

  6. says:

    A slow burn type of book which to be honest would appeal to a reader only if they have experienced the same raw vulnerability that comes with loving with complete abandonment Total giving of heart body and soul The characters in the b

  7. says:

    I didn't believe in the characters and I didn't like this book

  8. says:

    A strange book I do not think I have ever read anything like it though this could be purely down to me needing to read Rosy has suffered a terrible tragedy in her family and is finding it hard to readjust to normal life with her partner Tom and two sons On a anniversary trip to Paris she runs into a old friend but something seems to make her wonder if she imagined him being there to confirm this an email from him arriv

  9. says:

    From the opening line I was entranced by this book It evoked powerful feelings of a long ago love that never really came to fruition all tangled up with current feelings of loss over a different kind of love that between mother and ch

  10. says:

    I've had to revisit this review as this book has stayed in my psyche since finishing it I particuarly enjoyed the first half or so but then found some of the bits describing NicoleRosy's meetings with you somewhat repetitive her Uni friend who comes back into her consciousness I also wasn't sure about Tom's passivity it suited the story and certainly made me think but was it convincing in the light of Nicole's behavio